Emily Mathews (contact)
Coordinated School Health Coordinator
Teresa Robinson (contact)
System-wide Registered Nurse
Coordinated School Health includes health education and programming as well as nurses and clinics at each school. The newest addition to on-site medical services is telemedicine in each school clinic, which gives students and staff access to a higher level of care at school. In 2016-17, school clinics received approximately 15,500 visits from students, and 82 percent of students were returned to class following treatment. All ECS employees participate in annual training which covers bloodborne pathogens, AED, First Aid, antibullying, and response to anaphylactic shock with epinephrine. School nurses, coaches, teachers’ assistants, bus drivers and administrators participate in additional training as well. In addition to medical services, CSH supports a healthy learning environment with physical and nutrition education, mental health services, staff wellness programs, school gardens, and programming with community partners.
We encourage involvement from students, parents, teachers, and community members. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to let us know. Our aim is to make our schools safe and healthy places for children to learn and grow. For more information about the Coordinated School Health Model please visit the State of Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Coordinated School Health website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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“The mission of Coordinated School Health is to improve students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of students, families, communities and schools.”
Benefits of CSH
A Coordinated School Health approach can be the missing link to tying the health efforts of the school and district together. Everyone wants to see successful staff enjoying their jobs and happy students working to their fullest potential. CSH efforts can assist in meeting these goals.
Benefits to Students
- improved student performance and test scores
- more alertness
- less absenteeism
- fewer behavior problems in the classroom
- increased health awareness
- preparation to become productive members of society
- improved knowledge and attitude about health
Benefits to Schools
- improved staff morale
- reduced staff absenteeism
- reduced cost
- new levels of cooperation between parents, teachers, and the community
Research shows that:
- youth who feel connected to their families and schools are less likely to get into trouble
- when parents are involved in schools, students learning and behavior are improved
- prevention programs work
- the most effective programs are coordinated and comprehensive
8 Components of CSH
The Coordinated School Health model is a way of connecting health and learning that consists of eight components. All Coordinated School Health Components work together to improve the lives of students and their families. Although these components are listed separately, using them as one model allows CSH to have great impact.
- Physical Education/ Activity & Wellness
- Health Education
- Health Services
- Student, Family & Community Partnerships
- School Staff Wellness
- School Counseling
- Psychological & Social Services
- Healthy School Environment
Healthy School Teams
Ideally, in a Healthy School Team there are representatives for each of the eight components. The members meet to bring together skills, knowledge, and resources. Then they address any health related problems in the school environment. Examples could include bullying, safety, nutrition, health education, or other challenges. With a committed team, improvement of student and staff health is possible.
School Health Index
The SHI is a self-assessment tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. The SHI has two activities that are to be completed by teams from your school: the eight self-assessment modules and a planning for improvement process. For more information visit the SHI website at the bottom of this page.
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